Shooter May Have Used Twitter To Locate Victims

In Vancouver, two men were shot in front of a popular downtown restaurant. One of the wounded men, 24-year-old rapper Lazeevil, tweeted that he was eating at the restaurant, Italian Kitchen, twice before the shooting happened.

As we shared in our recent post on how to protect your privacy on Twitter, sharing too much information about your personal life can put you in danger. Vancouver police Const. Lindsey Houghton shared a similar sentiment when speaking of the shooting. “It is no stretch of the imagination that somebody who’s wanting to commit violence against another person could use social media to find out where that person is, if the potential victim is telling the world where they are,” Houghton said.

So why do people keep doing it? Sure, it’s great for networking and possibly finding your next client or job, but those connections don’t need to know that you go to the gym every Wednesday night or that you’re currently eating at a popular, easy-to-find downtown spot. If you really want to share the details of your day, share them randomly and with a bit less detail, or you might regret it.

Just think about the last time you searched for someone online to get a better sense of who they were. You likely found a Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn page for this person – or maybe you found all four and a blog as well. Bet you found out a lot more than you ever needed to know too. Have you ever tried turning that lens on yourself? Log out of all of your accounts and run a search as if you were a stranger trying to find you. The results will likely be startling.

Granted Lazeevil appears to have had some enemies, which made him a much more likely target, but do you know that everyone following you means you no harm? Probably not. Be careful!

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@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.